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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

THE LAKES WILL BE SO MUCH GREENER


26 June 1998

Far North Queensland icons, Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine will be so much 'greener' as a result of a project launched today (Sunday 28/6/98) by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald.

The Lakes National Corridors of Green Project is being developed by the North Johnstone and Lake Eacham Landcare Association with funding from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust.

Senator Macdonald said the National Corridors of Green (NCOG) Project aims to re-establish a linkage between the two rainforest remnants that comprise the Crater Lakes National Park which will provide an essential link in the local eco-system.

"Australia's history of land clearance, especially in Queensland, has resulted in a landscape of isolated patches of remnant vegetation. The importance of corridors to link these patches together is becoming increasingly important for the survival and the propagation of both our flora and fauna.

"The Lakes NCOG project will add to the communities knowledge of the impact of a rainforest corridor on the presence and movement of fauna between isolated remnants of rainforest.

"The Project will complement the work being undertaken in the National Park and the Gadgarra State Forest by TREAT and the Queensland Department of Environment. The Project will also rehabilitate degraded sections of watercourses in the Lakes Corridor," said Senator Macdonald.

The Lakes Corridor will form a permanent rainforest link that is 1.5 km in length and a minimum of 25 m wide and contain more that 14,000 planted trees that are a mix of those occurring naturally in the two sections of the National Park.

"The National Corridors of Green program is a key component of Bushcare: The National Vegetation Initiative, which is one of the largest programs of the Federal Government's $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

"The goal of Bushcare is to reverse the long-term decline in the quality and extent of Australia's native vegetation communities in order to conserve biodiversity and contribute to the ecologically sustainable management of natural resources," Senator Macdonald said.

The Lakes National Corridors of Green Project is supported by the Eacham Shire Council and the Department of Natural Resources Forestry Section.

Senator Macdonald will launch the project at the Gardner's Property on the LHS of Gadgarra Road, off Wright's Creek Road right from the Gillies Highway at 4 pm Sunday 28 June 1998.

ENDS
26 June, 1998

For more information contact Philip Connole on (02) 6277 3665 or 0417 063 605.

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